Hat tip: Keith.
A couple of very good questions:
Can a tiny mouse really eat all that pork?!?
The $789 billion economic stimulus bill includes $30 million for wetlands restoration in the San Francisco Bay Area to protect, among other things, the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi represents San Francisco and has championed preserving the mouse’s habitat in the Bay Area. So…does the project create shovel-ready jobs in preserving the area…or is it long-term job creation for the pest extermination industry?
We want to know. Unfortunately, most of our senators and House members probably can’t tell us, as none of them have read the 1,000 page legislation in its entirety.
What happened to transparency, Mr. Obama?
UPDATE: Obama on transparency:
Transparency, indeed. This stimulus bill was put on the White House website Friday afternoon. Obama plans on signing it Tuesday. Some more fuzzy math, here.
Obama broke SEVEN promises in his first three weeks in office in regard to this one stimulus bill:
1. Make government open and transparent.
2. Make it “impossible” for Congressmen to slip in pork barrel projects.
3. Meetings where laws are written will be more open to the public. (Even Congressional Republicans shut out.)
4. No more secrecy.
5. Public will have 5 days to look at a bill.
6. You’ll know what’s in it.
7. We will put every pork barrel project online.
Allahpundit spares nothing:
Does anyone seriously believe some commenter’s going to deter him from signing New Deal II when weeks’ worth of angry phone calls to Congress haven’t? This is the sort of empty gesture that means a lot to people who don’t pay much attention to politics but want to “feel good” about government again — in other words, to the average Obama cultist. Note to The One: If you really give a wet dump about transparency, try relaxing your manufactured “emergency” deadlines so that our representatives can read a trillion-dollar spending bill before they vote on it.
Ouch, but yes.
Want to have the 2009 version of fun? Mac Fuller over at American Thinker invites us to try coming up with analogies of what this stimulus means in other situations.
Here’s an example:
Voting on this bill is like having your college professor waltz into class, hand you a 1,071-page textbook, and not only tell you the test on the entire book will be tomorrow, but that at least the next two years of your life will be determined by the grade you receive.